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Year in Review: National Transitions

By |2008-01-03T09:00:00-05:00January 3rd, 2008|News|

by Bob Roehr

Allan Berube: Died Dec. 11, age 61. An independent gay historian who wrote the important book “Coming Out Under Fire,” the story of gays and lesbians in the military during World War II.

Mary Cheney: The lesbian daughter of the Vice President, and a political and public relations pro in her own right, gave birth to a son in May. Little has been seen of mother, child, or partner Heather Poe.

Sen. Larry Craig: Provided fodder for endless jokes when it became know in August that he had pled guilty to misconduct in a Minneapolis airport men’s room. He vowed to resign, then to stay and fight the charges.

Rev. Jerry Falwell: The founder of the Moral Majority and leading antigay cleric passed away in May, at the age of 73. His antigay rhetoric often seemed more calculated than visceral, but that did not change its harm to the community.

Barbara Gittings: Died on Feb. 18 of breast cancer, age 74. A founding mother of the modern GLBT movement who participated in the first public demonstrations in the 1960s and worked to get the American Psychiatric Association to drop the listing of homosexuality as a mental illness in 1972.

Bob Hattoy: Died on March 4 of AIDS, age 56. He addressed the 1992 Democratic National Convention as an openly gay man living with AIDS, served on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, and was a gadfly on gay and AIDS issues within the Clinton administration.

Scott Hitt: Died on Nov. 8 of AIDS, age 49. A leading AIDS physician in Los Angeles who helped gays gain clout through political fundraising, he served as the first chairman of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.

Jon Hoadley: Was named executive director of National Stonewall Democrats in September.

Frank Kameny: The founding father of the modern gay movement was honored in September with a temporary display at the Smithsonian Institution of posters and protest signs used in picketing the White House for gay rights in the 1960s.

Rev. D. James Kennedy: Another major antigay televangelist bites the dust, this time in Florida.

Sen. Trent Lott: The former Senate Majority Leader shocked political Washington by announcing his retirement at the end of the year. Gay’s have one less Senator to call them “kleptomaniacs.”

C. Dixon Osburn:The founding director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network said “It’s time to go” in April and left the organization. For the good of the organization, he won’t say that he was pushed out, but he was.

Gen. Peter Pace: The nation’s highest ranking military officer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called gays “immoral” in a March interview with the Chicago Tribune. Many believe that contributed to his not being reappointed to a second term.

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